Japan

Solo Traveling in Naoshima, Art Island

This art by Yayoi Kusama has been floating around the internet for a while now. It was exhibited all of over the world. In Japan, they’re a mainstay in Naoshima, Kagawa prefecture. From Uno Port, you have to take a perry to reach the island. There are many islands in Japan dedicated to a theme, rabbit island, cat island, flower island? Have you heard of all those? Naoshima have been labeled as the “Art Island” of Japan.

All thanks to Allie, I got the courage to go to Naoshima on my own.

Pikachu spotting!

Saru by the way means monkey in Japanese

I’ve rented a normal bike for the whole day (¥500) but you can also get an electric one for ¥1500 only. I suggest the electric bike if you easily get tired. There are way too many hills in the island than I could imagine, I have to exert extra effort and strength to bike around. You can rent a bike from cafe Ougiya and Little Plum, among many others.

The famous Naoshima bath also known as “I love yu” bathhouse looks definitely quirky.

This is the start of my biking adventure around the island..

I was distracted by the flowers so I kept on pausing to take photos or just to plain stare at them.

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom when I’ve visited, some even have leaves already but they still undeniably beautiful,

My co-bikers, it’s generally safe to travel wither bike in Japan which I’m most thankful for. As much as possible, I want to use natural energy when traveling especially now that I’m still capable of doing that. As you get older your body gets weaker so why not celebrate your physical strength while you can?

Everything is eyesome (awesome to the eyes)!

There are arrows / guides on the island.. So tourist friendly!



The worst problem I’ve encountered? I can’t find where the cafes are at.. It was terrible, the feeling of starvation. Ha!

Until I found the nearest cafe to minamidera, I just have to eat..

It’s a one-man cafe owned by a lovely lady who can speak English. Yay!




Lining up to enter minamidera featuring “Backside of the Moon” by James Turrell and work by Tadao Ando.







At Go’o Shrine you can see “an optical glass staircase links the main building to an underground stone chamber, uniting heaven and earth”.




My trip to Naoshima was one of the most moving moments in my life. I was alone with a bike and a camera with me. “YOU ARE LIVING”, my consciousness whispers. There are cherry blossoms, hills and ocean. Plus the works of some of the most amazing people in this world. It was just so surreal, I wanted to cry.

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5 Comments

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    Jeannie C
    April 11, 2015 at 3:30 am

    An art island! Any chance that Japan has a secret dessert island as well? Haha. Oh no, your blog has opened a lot of musts to be accomplished, next on the agenda is to learn how to ride a bike without fear.. And I understand that feeling, when I travelled, I walked as much as I could which was the saving grace to keeping any weight gain at bay ahaha. I'm curious but how would you describe your proficiency with japanese?

    http://Www.whimsicalzoo.blogspot.com

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    Hanie Kuar
    April 11, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I didn't know there's such place in Japan :O It looks so fun, like a getaway from the bustling city.

    ………..but I can't ride a bike > <

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    mei // めい
    April 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I enjoy the photos so much!
    I always want to try solo travel. Riding bike in this island sounds so fun :9

    http://japobsganbare.blogspot.com/

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    Ashley Dy
    April 12, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Thank you, Mei! Try it some time it's definitely enriching!

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    Ashley Dy
    April 12, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Hmmm.. you'll find out soon! I'm good at listening and answering questions but not much with telling stories in Japanese.

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